2017-04-09 13:10

After almost three years in power and billions of baht spent in drafting the new constitution, the 20th Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand was officially enacted on 6 April 2017. Thailand has gone through 19 constitutions in less than a century and there is no guarantee that the latest one drafted by the junta-appointed Constitution Drafting Committee will be the last one.

2017-04-06 10:26

The Appeal Court has once again refused to release an activist detained for sharing BBC Thai’s most popular story, which is now censored in Thailand.

On 5 April 2017, Appeal Court Region 4 confirmed the ruling of the Court of First Instance not to release Jatuphat ‘Pai’ Boonpattararaksa, a law student and key member of the New Democracy Movement (NDM).

The ruling was read after Jatuphat’s lawyer submitted a request to appeal the earlier second ruling not to release the activist.

2017-04-05 09:18

Thai authorities should promptly and independently investigate the death of an army conscript from apparent torture while detained in a military jail, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should also undertake a broader campaign to end the longstanding use of corporal punishment in the armed forces, including by prosecuting military commanders for serious offenses by soldiers under their command.

2017-04-04 14:48

After spending billions of baht on submarines from China, the Defence Ministry now plans to buy more tanks for the Army.

At the Cabinet meeting on 4 April 2017, Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, the Defence Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and deputy junta head, said the cabinet will not discuss  the plan to spend 36 billion baht on three ‘Yuan Class S26T’ submarines from China.

He said the Defence Ministry’s Permanent Secretary’s Office still needs to check the details of the submarine procurement contract.